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City of Bell wants to house immigration detainees

BELL, Calif. (AP) -- The city of Bell on the edge of Los Angeles is planning to open a temporary shelter for the Central American kids who have arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border in recent months.

The Los Angeles Times reports (http://lat.ms/1tAbMSQ) that officials in this modest, blue collar city began talking with the Salvation Army and federal officials about the shelter a few weeks ago.

If the plan is approved by the City Council, Bell's shelter would house 125 immigration detainees.

The city's mayor, Nestor Valencia, says he sees Bell's effort to help the children as redemption for the years of corruption that tarnished the city.

Valencia also sees a little of himself in the children's plight: he was 4 years old when he entered the country illegally from Mexico.

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